Musicians dream of creating transformative performances, but it takes more than just making the right sounds at the right time. We need to make sure our sound matches the musical motion in the score, too. Paul Henry Smith explores how to do it. Starting with knowing the facts in the score, we learn how to align our sound with those facts, and create experiences that can bring us to a different level of reality. Listen, and you'll learn what it takes to make musical performances that go beyond the ordinary.
How can we create a performance that might lead to a great musical experience? We walk through this famous prelude to illustrate an approach that starts with understanding the harmonic and linear motion in Bach‘s score. We then try to align the energy of our sound with the facts in Bach's instructions to create an intelligible, balanced performance.
Performance in this episode
Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 846, from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Performed by Paul Henry Smith